I joined the American Library Association (ALA) in 2005 while I was still in graduate school. I didn’t become more involved in the association until 2008, when I volunteered for some committee work with NMRT. I always struggled with ALA involvement because of my historic lack of resources to attend ALA conferences. I was able to find some committee assignments that did not require conference attendance, which was perfect. I was very honored to have been chosen to participate in the ALA Emerging Leaders Program in 2012, sponsored by LITA. Since then, I have been able to be more involved in LITA and hope to continue this trend in the coming years.
Library Information Technology Association (LITA), 2007 - present
- Bylaws Committee, 2017 - present
Chair, 2018-2019; Vice-Chair, 2017-2018
This committee handles all matters related to the division bylaws, including managing the renewal process for committees and interest groups.
- Web Coordinating Committee, 2012 - 2016
Chair, 2015-2016; Vice-Chair, 2014-2015; Member, 2012-2014
This committee keeps the LITA's various web presences up to date.
- Christian Larew Scholarship Committee, 2012 - 2013
This committee reviews applications for this scholarship and selects a worthy recipient.
New Members Round Table (NMRT), 2005 - 2015
- Archives Database Migration Task Force, 2013 - 2015
This is a special task force created to create an implementation plan to the NMRT Board for migrating the NMRT Archives database to ALA's institutional repository. Activities include metadata decisions and coordinating with the current database administrator and representatives of ALA's IR.
- Web Committee, 2011 - 2013
This committee keeps the NMRT website up to date. I received training on both the old Collage system and the new Drupal system. I made edits to pages as requested by NMRT committee chairs in my assigned area (Member Services, which included Footnotes, Mentoring, Resume Review, and Web).
- Archives Committee, 2008 - 2011
The Archives Committee has the important task of getting all NMRT committee and board member reports into a database for future access and searchability. My background in archives work drew me to this committee.
- Mentoring Committee, 2008 - 2009
This committee oversees the NMRT Mentoring Program. I had a group of mentor/mentee pairs for which I was responsible. I introduced them to each other, gave them a discussion topic once a month, and served as their point-person if problems came up during their time together.
ALA Emerging Leaders Program, 2012
Project K for LITA - Experts Profile System: Connecting Collaborators